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Why Musicians Performing On Video Game Platforms Is Becoming The New Normal

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, concerts, gigs, and music festivals across the country carry on with being cancelled, leading musicians and artists to flock to the next best thing in order to play their shows and share their music: video game platforms.

Why Musicians Are Flocking To Video Game Platforms To Share Their Music

Late last month, rapper Travis Scott reached new heights and broke new ground when he decided to hold a multiday live concert performance over at “Fortnite,” which is an online video gaming platform used by millions of gamers all over the world.

The shows of course, were not just for pure gimmick since the virtual concert gave Scott a chance to reach more fans than ever amid the coronavirus pandemic, when everyone is encouraged to stay inside.

When the pandemic first hit a few months ago, one of the biggest industries that got severely hit is the music industry, what with social distancing and other safety measures not allowing concerts, gigs and other live performances to happen anytime soon because they attract large crowds of people.

As such, musicians and artists who suddenly found themselves without jobs took to other platforms to share their craft, such as live sessions via social media. However, as artists continue to figure out how to get paid online, Scott managed to find a way to reach fans that are willing to spend real money for him through video game platforms.

At the moment, “Fortnite” and “Minecraft” are the two biggest gaming platforms that musicians are now using to host virtual concerts and performances. As a matter of fact, the latter itself will be used to host a dance music festival with some of the country’s biggest electronic artists come next month, including A-Trak, Diplo, Electric Blockaloo and others. In addition to video games, game streaming services like Twitch are also adapting to the change, diversifying its live content to include everything from blogging to live music.

And as the pandemic continues to keep us in our houses, it’s important that video gaming platforms are now being used as a way to help the $12 billion performing arts industry cushion the fall they experienced.

So keep streaming, folks.

Video Games Video games are the culmination of modern art, combining different types of media like visual art, music and coding. Photo courtesy of Pixabay, public domain

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